A Message from the Consul General of Japan

Ken OKANIWA
Consul General of Japan in Miami

Profile Speeches Archive
April 4, 2018

In Japan, March is an important time in Japan as it is the end of the school year and also the fiscal year.

I, along with members of the Consulate, attended graduation ceremonies at Japanese schools in Miami, Jacksonville and Orlando. These schools play an important role in providing Japanese education to the local Japanese children. My thanks to all those who run and support the schools as well as congratulations to this year’s graduates.

March was also a month to strengthen bonds of friendship with the Asian community. The Consulate supported the 28th Annual Asian Culture Festival in Homestead and I was presented with a plaque of appreciation by Miami-Dade Commissioner Daniella Cava on behalf of the Asia American Advisory Board and the Thai-American Association of South Florida.

There were also several notable visits during March.

His Imperial Highness, Crown Prince Naruhito, made a stopover in Miami on his way to Brazil. This being His Imperial Highness’s first visit to Florida, the Crown Prince attended an event for graduates at Miami Hoshuko (Japanese school) and visited the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. I would like to express appreciation to those who helped make this visit a success.

For your information, David Fairchild was the botanist who originally suggested that Japanese cherry blossom trees could be planted in Washington DC.

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez led a delegation to Japan. During his stay, he promoted the County as a place for business and was briefed about Japan’s urban transportation system. I hope the visit will lead to more Japanese business exchanges with Japan.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan is offering an Invitation Program for Japanese American students in June and July. This dynamic new program aims to deepen students understanding of Japan and to strengthen the relationship between Japan and new generations of young Japanese Americans. I hope to receive many applications before the deadline on April 17th.

The Japan Foundation will be exhibiting “The Dolls of Japan” at Miami Dade College North Campus from April 25th through June 1st. “The Dolls of Japan” introduces Japan's representative dolls. Japanese dolls reflect the customs of Japan and the aspirations of its people. I hope that the dolls in this exhibition will help visitors to appreciate these various aspects of Japanese culture.

Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens will be hosting its annual spring festival, the Hatsume Fair, during April 21st and 22nd. This is Morikami’s largest annual festival, and promises a variety of Japanese cultural attractions, food, and more. I hope you have a chance to enjoy these events!